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Ernie O'Malley Symposium on Modern Ireland and Revolution

Friday, April 25, 2014 – Saturday, April 26, 2014

at Glucksman Ireland House NYU

The Ernie O'Malley Symposium on April 25-26 2014 addressed topics as wide ranging as Irish republican intellectual history, feminism & guerrilla war, post-colonial approaches to Irish literature, history, and culture, the visual arts, music history, the history of the Irish War of Independence and Civil War, Irish autobiography, queer historiography, folklore, and oral history.

IRA leader Ernie O'Malley, who, in his stylistically innovative memoir On Another Man's Wound (1936) integrated modernist technique with revolutionary political history, reinvented what it meant to tell the story of Irish anti-colonial struggle.

Renowned academics came together to discuss social, cultural, and political revolution in modern Ireland, featuring keynote lectures by Luke Gibbons (NUI Maynooth), R.F. Foster (Oxford), David Lloyd (UC Riverside), Nicholas Allen (University of Georgia), and Róisín Kennedy (UCD).

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The Ernie O’Malley Symposium is part of Glucksman Ireland House NYU’s series of 20th anniversary celebrations.

Free and open to the public.

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PROGRAM

Friday, April 25th at Glucksman Ireland House NYU

10:30am-12:00pm
PANEL 1: “LOCATING THE IRISH REVOLUTIONARY ARCHIVE”
Chair: Eunan O’Halpin
  • John M. Regan, “The Singing Flame Rekindled: Ernie O’Malley and the Destruction of the Public Records Office”
  • Niall Whelehan, “Transnational Perspectives on the Irish Revolution 1912-1923: Advantages and Challenges”
  • Michelle K. Smith, “Rethinking Cumann na mBan: Reorganization at home and abroad during the Irish Civil War”
  • Seamus O’Malley, “Modernist Networks and On Another Man’s Wound
1:00pm-2:15pm
Welcoming Remarks: J.J. Lee & KEYNOTE ADDRESS: R.F. FOSTER, “Revolutionary Disillusionment” 

Carrol Professor of Irish History, Hertford College, Oxford

2:15pm-2:30pm
Coffee
2:30pm-4:00pm
PANEL 2: ‘THE MEN WILL TALK TO ME’: ERNIE O’MALLEY’S SUBALTERN HISTORIOGRAPHIC PRACTICE
Chair: Bruce Nelson
  • Philip McConway, “Ernie O’Malley and the North Tipperary IRA”
  • Tim Horgan, “The Contribution of Ernie O’Malley in Recording the Oral History of the Revolutionary Period in County Kerry: Its Importance and Relevance Today”
  • John Borgonovo, “Ernie O’Malley as an Historian and Resource: The West Cork Interviews”
  • Eve Morrison, “Contextualizing and Interpreting Irish War Testimonies: the Ernie O’Malley Notebook Interviews and the Bureau of Military History Compared”
4:00pm-4:15pm
Coffee
4:15pm-5:15pm
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: RÓISÍN KENNEDY “'Flamboyant, Gothic, Romanesque': The Language of Art and of Revolution”
8:00pm
Also happening at Glucksman Ireland House: The Blarney Star Concert Series with John Faulkner. Click here for more info, including ticket prices.


Saturday, April 26th
NEW LOCATION: NYU's 19 West 4th St., 101 at Mercer St.

9:00am-10:30am
PANEL 3: ON ANOTHER MAN’S WOUND IN CRITICAL AND TEXTUAL CONTEXT

Chair: Spurgeon W Thompson

  • John P. Waters, “’Break on Through to the Other Side: Penetration and Proximity in the Writing of Ernie O’Malley”
  • Macy Todd, “Subtractive Synthesis in Ernie O’Malley’s On Another Man’s Wound
  • Cormac K.H. O’Malley, “The Textual Evolution of Ernie O’Malley’s On Another Man’s Wound
  • Robert Cremins, “Creating the Conscience of Their Race: The Moral Dilemmas of Ernie O'Malley and Frank O'Connor”
10:30am-10:45am
Coffee
10:45am-11:45am
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: LUKE GIBBONS, “On Another Man's Text: Ernie O'Malley, James Joyce and Irish Modernism”
1:00pm-2:30pm
PANEL 4:  “THROWING THE REINS TO THE IRISH BOURGEOISIE”: MIGRATION AND THE MEMORY OF FAILED REVOLUTION
Chair: Kevin Kenny
  • Breandán Mac Suibhne, “The Dead Walked Around? Remembering Insurgencies in West Donegal”
  • Gavin Foster, “On Another Man’s Memory: Postmemories and Oral Histories of the Irish Revolution”
  • David M. Emmons, “’A Tower of Strength to the Movement’: Father Michael Hannan and an Irish Workers Republic, 1911-1925”
  • Kerby Miller, “Lost Republics: The Cashman Brothers in Early Twentieth Century America”
2:45pm-3:45pm
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: DAVID LLOYD, “Grace under Fire: On Being Human in Times of Extremity”
3:45pm-4:00pm
Coffee
4:00pm-5:30pm
PANEL 5: VISUAL POLITICS OF IRISH REVOLUTION
Chair: Timothy Naftali
  • Abby Bender, “Nursing the Revolution: Blood and Milk in Pearse, Keating, and O'Malley”
  • Elizabeth Martin, “Revolutionary Modernists: John Quinn and Ernie O’Malley, Patrons beyond the Pale”
  • Orla Fitzpatrick, “Ernie O’Malley and Photographic Modernism”
  • Nathan Wallace, “Ken Loach’s Use of Ernie O’Malley in The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006)”
5:45pm-6:45pm
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: NICHOLAS ALLEN,  “Ernie O’Malley and the Late Imperial World”
6:45pm-7:45pm
CLOSING RECEPTION